A beautifully written, witty and inspirational account of a man (and his dog) living for a year on only what can be hunted, fished or foraged.
In 1996 John Lewis-Stempel convinced his London-born wife to up sticks from the city and move to Herefordshire where his family have lived for five centuries. As well as hunting for wild food, he farms cattle and sheep. He is also the author of a number of books, including the recent The Autobiography of the British Soldier, reviewed by the Daily Express as 'What a book. Five stars'. He has two children.
"This is a great book: tough and funny, metaphysical and earthy, passionate and honest. Most of all, honest: not just in the sense of 'candid', but honest also in that it reveals the sheer bloody awkwardness, and the sheer awkward bloodiness, of trying to live even semi-wild these days. What might seem like a gimmick turns out to be a way of discovering a great deal about that complicated thing we call 'land'. There's also some beautiful writing about place" -- Robert Macfarlane, author of the international bestseller, The Wild Places "Beautifully written. The closest thing you can get to poetry in prose" -- Paul Blezzard Hay on Wye Literary Festival "A fascinating account of each month as [John Lewis Stempel] tracks, kills and gathers what he needs to stay alive... But this is more than just a rundown of all the perfectly edible stuff out there that we tend to overlook in our everyday, supermarket-dominated lives. The Wild Life is also a meditation on survival and our connection to the land... A timely and compelling book" -- Jason Webster Sunday Telegraph "Tough, honest, funny, poetic and informative, this is an initiatory and spiritual journey. A life lesson for us all" Ecologist "A large slice of nostalgia served up in an amusing and informative narrative" Manchester Evening News